August 21, 2018

From the Director

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back! We have an exciting year ahead of us. Thanks to a suggestion from the PFP Student Advisory Board, we will get the ball rolling with an Ice Cream Social tomorrow from 4:00 to 5:30 in front of Sparks, rain or shine. Please come and bring your friends. As always, all are welcome at PFP events. We are back to our steady Lunch with Honors Wednesday meetings, special seminars, PFP Forum, guests, PFP Salon, an evening at the theater, and much more. Check these very important messages every Tuesday for details of all events and upcoming deadlines.  I will reserve Wednesdays for Paterno Fellows. Feel free to come by to 302 Weaver Building with questions or just to introduce yourself. Here’s wishing you all a wonderful start to 2018-19!

Cathy Wanner
Director, Paterno Fellows Program
Professor, History, Anthropology, Religious Studies


Ice Cream Social

August 22, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Sparks Patio

Join us, rain or shine, for some delicious Creamery Ice Cream! We’re featuring chocolate, vanilla bean, and of course Peachy Paterno and Scholar’s Chip!

Paterno Fellows First Year Orientation and Social

All first-year students are required to attend. After some words from the Director, we’ll have pizza and get to know one another!

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program
“Russia, Collusion, and Politics in the Post-Truth Era”

Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed. Just drop in!

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

September 5, Noon-4:00 p.m., Pattee Mall

All Penn State students, including current Liberal Arts students and those considering a major in Liberal Arts, are invited to learn about the majors and resources in the College of the Liberal Arts. Talk with faculty and advisers from our 49 majors and learn about scholarship opportunities, undergraduate research, technology resources, and more.

If you bring along your résumé, the Career Enrichment Network will have employers available to review it. There will also be free food, raffles, music and more!

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City of Ghosts Film Screening

September 5, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Lewis Katz Auditorium

The Center for Global Studies presents a screening of the award-winning film, City of Ghosts, followed by a discussion with Abdalaziz Alhamza, journalist and co-founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. Reception to follow screening and discussion. The Paterno Fellows Program is pleased to co-sponsor this event.

Abdalaziz Alhamza is an award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender, and activist. He is the co-founder and spokesperson of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a non-partisan, independent organization that banded together following the ISIS takeover of Raqqa in 2014. RBSS exposes the atrocities committed by the Bashar Al-Assad regime and ISIS in Syria.

City of Ghosts film follows the journey of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

This event is co-sponsored by: Comparative Literature at Penn StatePenn State History DepartmentPenn State Department of Political SciencePenn State Department of Sociology and CriminologyThe McCourtney Institute for DemocracyPaterno Fellows ProgramRock Ethics InstitutePenn State School of International Affairs, and Penn State Schreyer Honors College!

View the trailer here:

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Career Enrichment Network / Funding Opportunities

Fall 2018 Enrichment Funds Applications

Are you participating in an internship or study abroad experience this fall? Looking for funds to support your enrichment experience? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds! Visit the College of the Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds website for eligibility, requirements, general guidelines, application instructions and requirements, and more. Full consideration given to applications received by the September 1 priority deadline. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be considered after this priority deadline on a funds-available basis.

Teach for America 2019 Cohort Applications Open

Teach for America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty. The organization recruits and develops a diverse corps of top college graduates and professionals who make a two-year commitment to teach in low-income urban and rural public schools. Teach for America seeks seniors and graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated achievement, perseverance, leadership, commitment to educational equity, and a deep respect for diverse experiences and backgrounds.

Student Engagement Network Grants ~ Apply by August 31

The Student Engagement Network is offering grants to students who want to expand their experience beyond the classroom. Individual awards of up to $3,000 are available to cover unpaid internships, research opportunities, travel costs, event fees, supplies and materials, books, software needed for projects and presentations, and more. To apply:

Internship Opportunities

Nittany Lion Careers is Penn State’s new single-system recruiting platform. You will be able to use Nittany Lion Careers to: search and apply to internship and job opportunities; upload your resume for review, schedule an appointment with a Career Enrichment Network staff member to help with your career development; view upcoming events; and more!

Apply to be Matched with a Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor

Interested in networking with Liberal Arts alumni? Want to receive assistance on your job and internship searches? Hoping to get advice about the future? Apply to the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program! Students are matched with alumni in a field related to their major and/or their career interests. Mentors work with students to reflect on their experiences and goals, develop new skills, and network for the future.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

Ethics Courses

Check our website for courses you can take to meet the PFP Ethics requirement. New courses are added as departments alert us of their offerings, or as students bring them to our attention. Students must complete 3 credits in ethics (one 3-credit course, or a series of 1- or 2-credit courses) before graduation.

BIOET 501 Perspectives and Methods in Bioethics ~ Fall 2018

Weds. 2:30 – 5:30 pm, 171 Willard Building

Instructor: Jonathan H. Marks, Director, Bioethics Program, Penn State

What is bioethics, and what is its relationship to biomedical ethics, research ethics, public health ethics, neuroethics, food ethics, and environmental ethics? How does bioethics intersect with law and policy? On what tools can we draw to address systemic ethical issues? This course explores the broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches employed in bioethics today. Students will learn how to synthesize and apply these theories and methods to case studies—and to do so in a way that recognizes and addresses the institutional and systemic dimensions of ethical problems. We will also examine the intersections of bioethics, law, and policy, as well as the bioethical implications of recent behavioral science and neuroscience research. Since the course is taught in small seminar format, the content will be tailored to the expertise and interests of participating students. Paterno Fellows in their senior year may enroll in this course with the permission of the instructor and the Graduate School if they have a GPA of 3.5 or above. If you are interested in this course or in the undergraduate minor in bioethics, please email the instructor at

Service / Leadership

PFP Service / Leadership Requirement

Time spent volunteering over the summer may be used for your PFP service requirement!

Fellows are expected to take on a leadership role or offer volunteer services to a community of their choice totaling at least 50 hours during their college career. Participants in the Presidential Leadership Academy automatically meet this requirement. To document a leadership or service experience, download the Leadership or Service Documentation Form; complete and submit it using the contact information on the form. Hours may be reported as they are completed for short-term projects, or after the minimum time is met for long-term experiences.

Fresh Start Day of Service

Join Fresh START Day of Service August 25th to serve the greater Centre County community! This is a great opportunity to give back to your new home and find out about ways to stay involved in volunteering throughout your Penn State journey during our Service Org Fair afterwards. Wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you’re not afraid of getting dirty. Schedule: 10:00am – 11:00am – Check-In at Alumni Hall 11:00am – 11:45am – lunch, team builders 11:45am – Dismissal to Community Partner Sites 12:30pm – 4:00pm – Service 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Service Organizational Fair and Treats! We’ll provide a FREE SHIRT, FREE WATER BOTTLE, FREE FOOD! If you are looking for required service hours, this day will give you 4 hours of community service. The rest of the time will be enjoying food, meeting new people, and learning about new opportunities to get involved. To sign up, please go to:

Lion’s Pantry Volunteers

The Penn State Lion’s Pantry was created to address the issue of food insecurity at Penn State University Park. Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the semester to help sort and organize donations. Shifts are available via the volunteer website at various times throughout the semester, to sign up go to For more information, contact

Altria Leadership Development Program (ALDP)

ALDP is a professional development series designed and taught by Penn State alumni and current Altria professionals. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., and topics include:
9/18/18 What’s Your Why
10/16/18 Art of Negotiation
11/13/18 Effective Communication
If you have questions or are interested in joining the class, please contact and

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members? Send your blurb to and we’ll publish it here. Please include a brief description of your mission, expectations, information sessions/meetings, how to join, etc.


Updating your Information in the Paterno Fellows Database

Update the PFP database as you complete your Paterno Fellows requirements. You are responsible for marking them “Claimed Satisfied” or turning in the appropriate documentation forms. You should update the requirements you’ve met as you complete them. Please do not wait until your graduation semester. We need time to approve your submissions and mark them “Satisfied.” For further instructions, see the PFP website.

Paterno Fellows Coaches

Do you have questions about the Paterno Fellows Program, but don’t know where to turn for answers? PFP Coaches are now on duty! Coaches are current PFs who are here to share their experiences, insights, and recommendations with you. Learn more about how Coaches can assist you…

PFP Student Programming Grants

Paterno Fellows are encouraged to apply for Programming Grants for One-Time Events or Sustained Discussion / Reading Groups. Successful applications will enhance students’ education, ignite an interest, or make students consider a topic more deeply. For details, see: pfp-student-programming-grants/

How can I describe the Paterno Fellows Program on my resume?

Paterno Fellows Program, College of the Liberal Arts

Honors Program including advanced academic coursework, thesis, study abroad and/or internship, ethics study, and leadership/service commitment

Director’s Office Hours for Fall 2018

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-noon, 302 Weaver Building

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program

Feel free to stop by if you have questions, or just to say hello!

Social Media

Check out items of interest for all LA students on Liberal Arts Voices and on Twitter @PSULiberalArts. Be sure to like the Paterno Fellows Facebook Page. Join the Career Enrichment Network on Twitter @PSULAjobs to keep up-to-date on internships, education abroad, deadlines, and other opportunities in 280 characters or less!